Creative Tools

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The following PDF articles were published in Train the Trainer in 2004 and 2005 and are still relevant. Please click on the title to download.

The leopard’s lunch

How to reduce the risk of difficult people in workshops

Published creative techniques for trainers

How to use creative techniques when facilitating training


How to use improvisation comedy techniques in workshops and training


How to use energisers in workshops and training.


The following are online articles explaining how to use tools.

165 How to Measure Performance with Scaling

Posted by on Nov 9, 2013 in Facilitate, Latest, Tool, Transform | 0 comments

YES! AND… Collaborate. Innovate. Transform - Creative Gorilla #165  How might you measure performance factors in a Solution Focus way?  “What emerged, of course, was that the magnitude scale presupposed that all earthquakes were alike except for a constant scaling factor. This proved to be closer to the truth than we expected.” Charles Francis Richter – American Seismologist Imagine you are a sheep. Your experience is limited to a gambol around fields but now you are in the back of a truck on a glorious autumn day, watching...

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164 How to Develop an Innovation Climate

Posted by on Nov 7, 2013 in Facilitate, Innovate, Latest, Tool | 0 comments

YES! AND… Collaborate. Innovate. Transform - Creative Gorilla #164 How might you develop a micro and macroclimate to innovate?  “The challenge for the leader is to run the operational world and to allow people to move into the innovation world.” Jonne Cesarani, Creativity Facilitator How might you develop a climate for innovation? I ran a workshop at the University of Bedfordshire for a variety of people in academic and business life. I chose the topic “Create an Innovative Climate.” To innovate in an organisation...

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162 How to Simplify Complex Situations

Posted by on Nov 5, 2013 in Facilitate, Latest, Tool, Transform | 0 comments

                  YES! AND… Collaborate. Innovate. Transform - Creative Gorilla #162  How might you have a team explore complex situations?    “Fools ignore complexity. Pragmatists suffer it. Some can avoid it. Geniuses remove it” Alan Perlis – Computer Scientist I was facilitating a workshop in August in which people had to explore a situation. I decided I would use Rich Pictures. Rich Pictures are used in the method known as “Soft Systems Methodology”. This is a method used to structure thinking about...

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159 How to Enhance Team Discussion

Posted by on Oct 31, 2013 in Facilitate, Latest, Tool, Transform | 0 comments

YES! AND… Collaborate. Innovate. Transform - Creative Gorilla #159  How can you hear from all of your team efficiently in meetings? “Constantly talking isn’t necessarily communicating.” 
 Charles Kaufmann, Screenwriter   Want to enhance your team’s discussions? Anyone who has attended facilitation training with me, or has read many Gorillas, is aware that I advocate you break a group in to small teams (preferably three in a team) for discussion and exercises and constant changing the structure of the teams. I...

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153 Engage People with Open Space

Posted by on Sep 22, 2012 in Facilitate, John's Blog, Latest, Tool, Transform | 0 comments

Yes! And… Creative Gorilla # 153 If you hold large gatherings for staff and clients, want to increase engagement and don’t want to create agendas, find speakers, obtain their presentations and run through time consuming rehearsals, Open Space might be the answer. “Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee.” Muhammad Ali, former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Want to create more engagement in your staff or client conferences? Recently, I was one of the organisers of the SOLWorld 2012 Conference at Oxford University. This is an...

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152 Creative Ideas in Ten Minutes

Posted by on Sep 2, 2012 in Facilitate, Innovate, Latest, Tool | 0 comments

Yes! And… Creative Gorilla # 152 An eBook that shows you how to create ideas in ten to sixty minutes How might blackberry picking be an analogy for idea generation? I am busy writing eBooks for my web site and thinking of a topic for a Creative Gorilla at the same time. So I thought “why not combine the two?” It will make a nice change for me and hopefully for you too. So this week, I will summarise the eBook and you can then link to it if you wish to. The eBook combines two older Gorilla articles in to one book, with...

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151 Solution Focussed Post Project Review (with remote team)

Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Facilitate, Latest, Tool, Transform | 0 comments

                  Yes! And… Creative Gorilla # 151 How to run a post project review with remote teams and in a positive way   “One does not have to be a mad scientist to travel in time.” Authors of research paper: “Back to the future. Temporal Perspective in the Explanation of Events.”  Need to run a brief post project review including remote teams? Post Project (or phase of a project) Reviews are a regular type of meeting that organisations run. However, there can be some issues: Often, people are keen to...

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147 Map Your Goals and Challenges…

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in Facilitate, Tool | 0 comments

Yes! And… Creative Gorilla # 147 How might you gain a better understanding of your goals and challenges? “First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth.” John F. Kennedy, former US President   Do you need to understand how your goals fit together? Kennedy made the above point in a “State of the Union” speech to the US Congress on 25 May 1961. Whilst most countries would probably dedicate a whole...

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145 Gain new insights and ideas…

Posted by on Aug 11, 2012 in Facilitate, Tool, Transform | 0 comments

Yes! And… Creative Gorilla # 145                   One way to find better insights and solutions for an issue or opportunity is to use Reflecting Teams “By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.” Confucius  Would you like better insights and solutions to resolve an issue or exploit an opportunity? Imagine you have an issue and want to obtain input from others to broaden your perspective and...

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143 Use Imagery to Explore Issues

Posted by on Aug 9, 2012 in Facilitate, Innovate, Tool | 0 comments

YES! AND… Creative Gorilla 143 Exploring metaphorical images can help reveal new insights… “The past is a pebble in my shoe…” Edgar Allan Poe Need a creative tool to explore issues? During our holiday last July we spent three days horse riding. After two days I had seen enough of horses and my back ached terribly. I was a “groucho” not a gaucho. I decided that I would sit out the third day, but my son loved riding and really wanted to go. So I said I would go with him. Bad decision.  On the way back, the leaders...

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